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How to Unlock Your Potential

Elite performance requires hard work. There’s no way around that.
The pressures of competing are demanding mentally, physically, and emotionally.

When you train the skills of self control and discipline you’ll notice that you’re better able to focus and face the inevitable obstacles that will come your way – like a bad game or the nerves that come before a big game, negative comments, negative expectations of others, or when you just get off the rails of a training or nutrition program. You’re going to be able to calmly evaluate the different challenging scenarios and make the next best decisions about how to move forward.

You need to know how to make objective decisions under pressure rather than being controlled by emotions. Embrace the process, both good and bad and see it as an opportunity to grow.
The skills of self control and discipline can unlock your true potential. So, let’s talk about how to develop those skills.

Strategy #1 – Make your Bed

Make your bed the same way everyday and do it well.

Why?

What could making your bed have to do with performance on the field?

It’s practice.

There are three behaviors champions need to perform consistently to the next level.
Attention to detail, acting differently than how you feel, and follow through on your commitments long after that motivation has passed.

Making your bed is practice for all those things. It’s daily practice.
Daily practice is how you build mental muscles.

How to Get Your Athletes to Focus

Distractions, negative self-talk, and letting mistakes get to you are a sure way to derail your performance.

Athletes who succeed don’t do so because they evade trials. They are successful because they know how to overcome the obstacles that arise.

It takes a skillset to be able to overcome obstacles. As a coach, you can train those skills.

Training.
You train the physical part of your sport with drills.

I am here to teach you how to train the mental part of your sport.
Also with drills.

A highly trained level of present moment of focus and self awareness allows your athletes to block out distractions, navigate adversity, and perform consistently at their best.

If you know how to coach pillar 3 of my mental performance training, focus and awareness, then you’ll have a team of competitors who know how to stay focused.

The best way to increase your focus is to

How to Get and Stay Motivated, Especially When You Don’t Feel Like Doing It.

“I don’t want to.”

How many times have you said this?

Guess what?

A lot of people don’t want to get up, or work out, or make the call, or write the proposal, or ask for the thing.

But the people who act differently than how they feel are the ones who achieve great things.

People think motivation is what gets you going. So, they wait for motivation to show up to get started.

Other people think you are motivated or you’re not.

But, that is a fixed mindset. And if you saw my first video on an elite mindset, then you know that your mindset is not actually set. It can move and grow.

Motivation is on a scale and you can move yourself up the scale to ensure that your motivation grows stronger everyday. Motivation is a decision you make everyday.

Donene Taylor, author of The Heart of a Champion, said that…

PODCAST: The Baseball MPM Podcast with Cain and Casey Episode #6: Exit Your Comfort Zone

In episode #6 of Coffee with Cain and Casey, Brian Cain, creator of the Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaches Certification and one of the World’s most sought after MPM Coaches is joined by Eric Byrnes as a pinch hitter in place of Sean “The Mayor” Casey for this episode.

Eric Byrnes is a former Major League Baseball Player with over a decade of service in the big leagues.  Since his retirement from baseball he has been an analyst with the MLB Network and continually challenged himself to exit his comfort zone.  Byrnes has completed multiple 100mile runs, a triathlon across America and set the world record for speed golf and completed 245 holes in 12 hours.

In this podcast we dive into the importance of challenging yourself, exiting your comfort zone and the key aspects of Byrnes daily routines that keep him sharp, in shape and at the forefront of the relentless energy movement.

How to Train to Develop an Elite Mindset

Are you watching the Olympics?

You don’t have to watch too many events before you hear a commentator talk about an athlete’s “strong mental game.” 

Olympians train their bodies. 

That’s obvious.

What’s less obvious but equally true is that they also train their minds.

So, how does one develop such an elite mindset?

The same way they train their bodies.

With drills.

No one who is at the top of their field ever thought, “I just don’t have what it takes.”

That is a fixed mindset.

An Elite Mindset says:

“I am not lacking ability, I just have to train more.”

“I didn’t lose. I learned.”

“I can train to build myself up to where I want to be.”

So, if you’re interested in building your own Elite Mindset, then you’re in the right place. Training the mental game is what I do.

Here is how you get to where you want to be:

The 98 Day Challenge

For 98 Days, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, identify what you are wanting to START doing, STOP doing and CONTINUE doing to help you close the gap from where you are to where you want to be?  

How to Coach your Athletes to Use Fear as Fuel

There is a long list of outcomes that athletes fear. Fear of losing. Fear of getting cut. But we know that fearing outcomes will not help your athletes perform well today. As a coach, it’s your job to teach your athletes how to manage their fear. It starts with them knowing that fear grows out of feelings of what might happen in the future. Rule #1 about Fear: Fear feeds on feelings. If left unchecked, fear can kidnap the athlete’s mind and body. But you can coach the fear out of your athletes and teach them how to regulate their emotions.

PODCAST: Mark Glicini – Humble Greatness and The MPM Skills of Lacrosse’s Greatest Teammate

Mark Glicini is one of the fiercest professional lacrosse players in the sport. A former Yale star and a decorated high school athlete, today Mark plays for the Chaos Lacrosse Club in the Premier Lacrosse League, is a member of the San Diego Seals in the National Lacrosse League, and was recently selected to represent the 1 of 50 United States Men’s National Lacrosse Training Team The World Games in summer of 2022…  In addition to being a lacrosse star, he’s also the host of the podcast “Grateful and Full of Greatness” and is a certified mental performance coach.

The Memorial Day “Murph”

Every Memorial Day I’ve been commited to doing “The Murph” as way to kick off this important day. The workout is in honor of US Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy. I have also included this as part of my Monday morning routine as a way to kickstart my mindset for having a great week. Lt…. Read More